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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Re: bears & tents
I took Shawn's suggestion and contacted the NOLS research department. They have never published anything on tents -vs- tarps because their data is "weak". They have 2-3 million successful user da...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 02, 10:47am

Re:Tents versus tarps w/ bears: where's the research
Hi Shawn: You stated that: Nearly 50 years of research has shown that campers out in the open or under a simple tarp are more than 3 times as likely to be attacked be grizzlies and more than ...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
April 30, 6:46pm

Re: MSR Needle Stakes
I used MSR needle stakes for a couple of years. They are hard on your hands, and because it is possible to break them, I would recommend against hammering them in with a rock or stomping on them w...

In GEAR » MSR Needle Stakes
April 26, 11:01am

Re: Re: Re: Weather Instruments
1.7oz is the correct field weight for my ADC Pro (it is about the same size as the Sherpa). It's 2.4oz with the lanyard. The Kestrel's impeller is nicer (the Brunton's is somewhat tricky to use and...

In GEAR » Weather Instruments
April 18, 10:09am

Re: Weather Instruments
I use a Brunton ADC Pro which is 1.7oz and a bit smaller than the Kestrel 4000. Over the last few years I have found it useful. It has been useful a couple of times to warm me that a storm was ...

In GEAR » Weather Instruments
April 17, 12:20pm

Re: inov-8 flyroc: slippery when wet
I found that traction wasn't so good on wet and smooth such as asphalt or large sections of granite. I haven't had problem on slightly textured concrete, beds of small stones (like along the lost ...

In GEAR » inov-8 flyroc: slippery when wet
April 09, 7:57pm

Re: gotta agree - balloon bed smallest
I would agree that the balloonbed (or the DIY equiv) is the most compact option. I am not sure I would call it "comfy". Keep in mind that the balloonbed product is only around 16" wide when infla...

In Gear Lists » Sleeping Pad Options
April 06, 3:36pm

Re: Ways to lighten up: 3 night trip to Havasupai
25oz for a sleeping bag good to 55F sounds kind of heavy. If it always above 55F you might think about making or buying an summer weight quilt which would be at least 8oz lighter. Rather than y...

In Gear Lists » Ways to lighten up: 3 night trip to Havasupai
April 05, 11:06am

Re: Re: layering in the Pacific NW
I have found it more breathable than most other materials, not as good as eVENT. With vents open with the Peak, and no vents on the eVENT jacket, I was able to manage moisture better with the Peak...

In GEAR » layering in the Pacific NW
March 21, 7:24pm

Re: layering in the Pacific NW
I thankfully spend most of my time hiking in pleasent california weather, but I have spent several seasons in less pleasant conditions. EPIC does OK in light drizzle. In a real rain you will be...

In GEAR » layering in the Pacific NW
March 21, 8:56am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am